Monday, August 16, 2010

Scott Pilgrim VS. The World

I was almost positive I was going to enjoy Scott Pilgrim VS The World when I saw the original trailer. And believe me, I got more than I bargained for.  Scott Pilgrim is the kind of movie that is very fun to watch-- the cinematography is incredibly interesting, unique, artistic and sometimes it even feels chaotic. In terms of plot, I wasn't expecting anything beyond a simple romance wrapped in stylized action; so I was surprised to find that the movie had deeper meaning. If you've seen anything about the movie you should know the basic premise so I don't feel bad stating the basic plot-line (no worries, there are no spoilers ahead!). The movie is about Scott Pilgrim, an average underrated guy in a below average band, who has to defeat the seven evil exes of his new girlfriend Ramona so that he can continue dating her. As opposed to other teen-relationship movies, what I was amazed by is that this movie serves very well as a metaphor on real relationships. You realize that what the movie is really saying is that for any relationship to last, both parties have to get over their past relationships. If in your significant other's mind you are not better in one way or another than their exes, than why are they dating you? For Scott Pilgrim, by defeating each evil-ex, he was helping Ramona move on or get over that relationship. And even though it seems like a very obvious metaphor it surprised me how meaningful it made the movie. There is also some important meaning in Scott Pilgrim's quest involving himself and what he personally gets out of defeating the evil exes, which I won't go into in detail to save you from spoilers, but it basically boils down to if you don't respect yourself you won't respect other people.
Aside from all that meaningful stuff, it's still a blast to watch! You will only see the deeper meaning if you look for it, this is not one of those movies that shoves the theme in your face, it comes as an afterthought. I rarely have that much fun while watching a movie! Which is an impressive feat especially when you see how much I got out of it too! I would definitely recommend Scott Pilgrim VS The World and I say it's worth the full price of admission.

Verdict: Full Price

Sunday, July 18, 2010


When I found out Christopher Nolan was making another movie I was very excited. After Memento, The Dark Knight, and the Prestige, I was pretty confident in Christopher Nolan's directing abilities. And Inception was not disappointing. To me, Christopher Nolan has a rare talent for movie making that makes you think without hurting your brain. Even though the concepts in Inception are deep and complicated, I was never confused about what was going on. It's the kind of movie you can easily enjoy but talk about for hours afterward. The acting was nearly flawless; I was especially surprised at Ellen Page's performance in a movie outside of her normal genre. The only complaint I can even think of is two and half hours wasn't enough. So really it's more of a compliment: I left the movie wanting to see more of this world. The money I paid for this movie was well spent, and I will probably see this movie again later this week.

Verdict: Full Price

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Despicable Me

Despicable Me is one of those movies that, to me, looked really funny when I watched the trailer. And don't get me wrong, all of the parts that were in the trailer were, of course, still funny. In fact, if you haven't seen the trailer, go ahead and watch it nowUnfortunately, the rest of the movie didn't really have any more laughs, you just saw almost every good laugh in the movie. I wanted to like this movie. I DID like the characters; it just needed more. There isn't really a lead up to the climax, it just kind of happens. One moment Gru is enjoying his time with the girls, the next thing the girls are in trouble. The humorous parts from the trailer are still funny, and like I said, I DID like the characters, especially of course the girls. They are cute and funny, and lovable. And if nothing else, this movie is in quite heartwarming. If you wanted to see this movie for the laughs, you could probably just watch the trailer. If you want to see a light heartwarming movie though, it's worth paying for. I did see it in 3D, and while the 3D was pretty good (if not a little gimmicky), if I were to do it over again I would pay matinee price for Despicable Me.

Verdict: Matinee